‘The Glass and the Pearls’ ~ Flash Fiction for #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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The Glass and the Pearls

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Penny teased the key out of the glass.  Perhaps it wasn’t the best place to keep a key – any burglar would probably look there first. But still, it seemed like the ‘right’ place to her.

She unlocked her jewellery box and rang her fingers over the sumptuous purple velvet lining, then carefully retrieved her string of pearls like they were a piece of beautiful bone china.

She knew she shouldn’t save wearing her pearls for special occasions but she still did.  And so, the pledge was made right there and then.  She would wear them more often.  No, she would wear them every day.  Every single day.

This was not a special occasion in the traditional sense but she knew she still had to wear her pearls.

The chime of the doorbell pulled her thoughts back to the now.  This was it.  Head up.  Deep, deep breath.  Yes, she looked together.  She looked much, much better than she felt.  She must now answer the door to her friend and hold herself together for the funeral of her dear old work colleague who was also her dear late husband.

Yes, she was a widow now and she would wear these pearls that her late husband had given her every day.  She would put them back in her jewellery box, lock it up and put the key back in the ‘Happy Retirement’ engraved glass every day.  For this was the glass chosen by her dear husband and she would look at the glass daily.  Such bitter-sweet memories of the glass and the pearls.

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By Carol Cameleon 2015
 

First published on this blog a year ago as part of a game where the theme was ‘glass’.  I felt the need to give it another airing 🙂

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A Mothers Day poem for my Mum ~ #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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‘My Amazing Mum’ ~ a poem for Mothers Day

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My amazing Mum is lovely
And kind and thoughtful too,
When it comes to hugs and kisses
There’s nothing she can’t do…
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Through the years she’s cooked my food,
Washed my clothes and helped me out,
She’s the best Mum ever, ever,
Of that there is no doubt…
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In my times of need, she’s there
She’s selfless to a tee,
She so deserves these flowers,
So now, listen to my plea…
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A bouquet would make her day
She loves a bunch of blooms,
A finely scented splash of colour
To brighten up a room…
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So Mum, ‘thanks’ for all you do,
There’s one more thing I’d like to say,
You deserve this bunch of flowers,
All my love on Mother’s Day xx
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By Carol Cameleon 2015

This was written as a competition entry to win my lovely Mum a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day.  So winner or not, this is a virtual bunch of flowers!

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Review and Spotlight on ‘A Modern Father (…and Dad blogger)’ by John Adams

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‘A Modern Father (…and Dad blogger)’ by John Adams

Since the term came into being, I’ve been intrigued by Stay At Home Mums (SAHMs) in the sense of ‘how do they do it?’  But I’ve been even more intrigued by Stay At Home Dads (SAHDs).  With various stigmas, taboos and ‘odd looks’, how on earth do SAHDs do it?

How do they do the whole house husband, SAHD ‘thing’?

‘A Modern Father (…and Dad blogger)’ gives a fascinating insight into the world of John Adams, his wife and 2 young daughters.  In his book, he talks us through his experience of a maternity ward from a Dad’s point of view (the good, the bad and frank), he shares humourous accounts of times with his daughters – one being a visit to the dentist that had me chuckling away in acknowledgement (to a degree), the milestone of starting school and with it the baptism of being a dad at the school gate.  Also included are very personal insights into the sacrifices his wife makes, along with the judgement people make of her going to work.

The section that really stands out for me is ‘Sex and the Stay at Home Dad’.  The similarities between a SAHD and SAHM struck me.  In fact the similarities to parenting in general.  Meaning that when Adams scratches his head at the suggestion that SAHDs are more likely to play away (given the amount of women they comparatively encounter due to circumstance), he does so by concluding that he couldn’t possibly fit any ‘extra curricular’ activities into his day.  That is a statement that had me nodding my head in agreement (not that I have considered playing away I might add!)  Working in the traditional sense or keeping on top of housework and general family life leaves little or no time for bed hopping…  That is why this book is universal in the world of parenting and beyond.

Adams refers to several blog posts in his book and this may deter many of his blog followers from reading this.  I would encourage them to have a read all the same, on the basis that this is written in a very easy-to-read style, as his blog, and the sections compliment each other to give a balanced insight into his world.

You can buy A modern father (…and dad blogger) in paperback or for Kindle from Amazon.

You can tweet the author John Adams @dadbloguk and visit his blog at dadbloguk.com

Note: This book was provided to me free of charge but all words and opinions are my own.  Co-published by John Adams and CronxBooks.  This post contains affiliate links.

Picture credit: Ania Wilk-Lawton of Photography for Parents.

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My blog is like a doorway ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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My blog is like a doorway…

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A warm welcome to my blog, you will see it’s like a house.

Come over the threshold, turn the handle, the proverbial ‘mouse’.

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In the hallway it’s fresh and light, it’s the decor, it’s the ‘theme’.

It’s personal choice, it reflects your blog, it’s the first thing to be seen.

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My visitors are my ‘followers’, they come by every day.

A refreshing drink and a chat, it’s great to hear what they say.

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Into the kitchen, kettle on, time for coffee and cake.

I love to hear their thoughts and banter, with the ‘comments’ that they make.

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Into the lounge, take a seat, make yourself at home.

Escuse me a minute, look around while I answer the phone.

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Someone’s got lost, their sat nav’s broken, they don’t know where to go,

When you’re trying to find my blog, you rely on good ‘SEO’.

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Back again.  What to do when the comments halt or stall?

You can get fresh air from a proverbial ‘window’ when you hit a blog ‘brick wall’.

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Up the stairs, one by one, this is your ranking goal,

A comfort break to the bathroom and of course the ‘blog roll’!

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So, is your ‘house’ on a busy road or is it a dead end?

Good content’s vital for your blog, remember this my friend.

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Just like a house, a blog’s good structure really is the ‘key’,

Come in, through my ‘doorway’, you’re always welcome, come and visit me!

By Carol Cameleon

I published this poem months ago on this very same blog but aside from being snowed under with my current writing project, I have been musing on how far my blog has come.  With that in mind, I wanted to give this another airing 🙂

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